Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a good break over the Christmas period. So there are lots of events coming up, including an ecopsychology workshop this Saturday ("The Work that Reconnects"), a film about how Argentina survived their economic crisis next Thursday at the Transition Cafe, and the next Carbon Conversations course starting 2 weeks on Thursday (only a couple of spaces left so book soon if you'd like to do this). Now is a great time to make some New Year's resolutions that will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels - what will you be doing? Let us know your ideas!
10:30-17:00, The community room, Newnham Croft Primary School, Chedworth Street, Cambridge
This workshop introduces The Work That Reconnects, an empowerment approach developed by Joanna Macy. Deepening our feeling of connection with life, we will open up spiritual and psychological resources needed to face and respond to global issues. Through experiential practices we will explore how to use the energy of our emotional responses, reconnect with our passion to act for life and transform concern for the world into creative engagement. The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor, Bev Sedley and Liz Serocold. Suggested donation: £10 (£5 concessions). To book, e-mail Mary at CCF. Please bring a packed lunch or food to share, and come dressed to spend part of the day outdoors. This workshop is being offered jointly with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road
We will be making plans for the SPEP energy day on 14th, and for our forum on Wood Burning Stoves on 15th Feb, and for the Open Eco-homes launch event, plus catching up on other news. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
19:00-21:30, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge
Come and watch the inspirational film: "Argentina: hope in hard times". Many countries will see their economic environment worsen in 2012 and this will mean significant social dislocation but there will also be opportunities to redesign societies, economies and politics. Parallels can be drawn with the 2001 Argentinean crisis: in the face of one of the largest government debt defaults in history and with soaring poverty rates, the film highlights how community spirit and solidarity helped rebuild society from the bottom up. Q&A to follow. All welcome. Free. The cafe opens at 7pm, film to start at 7.30pm.
19:30, Contact Bev for more info
Thursday evenings between January and March (fortnightly, starting January 19th) Following the very popular Transition Carbon Conversations group last January, Liz and Bev will be running another group for Transition in Cambridge (near the station). As many of you know, Carbon Conversations is a wonderful course about low-carbon living, and this is a great opportunity to share more about sustainable living with like-minded people. If you want to find out more about Carbon Conversations, visit the website. If you are interested in joining this group, email Bev. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. We look forward to hearing from you!
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall
Come and swap unwanted seeds and get whatever seeds you need for 2012! There'll also be talks on GrowZones (a fun way of getting lots of people together to give your garden a makeover) and on how to set up a seed circle (another way of seed sharing), a demonstration of how to chit seeds to see if the seeds you have taken are viable, seeds for donation from the Heritage Seed Library, tea and cakes from Trumpington W.I., and Heritage Seeds for sale from Thomas Etty Heritage Seed Merchant. Transition Cambridge will have a stall there (let us know if you'd like to take a turn on the stall). This is always a great event, so come along and bring your friends! £1.50 entry. If you have seeds you have saved or packets you are unable to use up please bring them, but don't worry if you don't have any seeds to swap as there are usually plenty to go round. Full info here. Organised by Trumpington Allotments Society with help from Transition Cambridge.
18:45-20:45, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse (St Andrews Street)
Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint invite you to a showing of "The Economics of Happiness" at the Arts Picturehouse. The film will be followed by a talk and Q&A session with renowned economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. “The Economics of Happiness” questions whether our current economic model is damaging our well-being. It explores the many negative consequences of economic globalisation – climate change, fundamentalism, economic insecurity and species extinction as well as the personal costs such as stress and depression. It then suggests a solution to these problems – economic localisation. Rob Hopkins (co-founder of the Transition Network) writes: "This passionate film presents a clear and articulate vision of what a shift in the scale at which we do things would look like... Very timely and powerful." The film will be followed by a question and answer session with Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, who is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics and has written several books including "Human Well-being and the Natural Environment". Tickets will be available through the Arts Picturehouse box office. You can view the film trailer and learn more about the movie here.
The next Transition Cambridge Energy Group forum will be on wood stoves - how to be warm, cosy and economical from local resources. We will let you have more details when we have them. Here is a fact sheet we have prepared on wood-burning stoves. More details here.
18:30, Trumpington Pavillion
Joanna Crosby will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of the Wassail, its origins and its subsequent changes through time. We hope you will enjoy this entertaining and thought provoking talk. The evening will start with mulled apple juice and some apple delicacies made to traditional recipes (included in the price of £4 per person) and the talk will begin at 7pm with time for questions at the end. Trumpington Community Orchard also invite you to a Wassail celebration the following day (see below). More details here.
14:30, Trumpington Community Orchard
All are welcome to this free family event, but please dress for the weather and bring a torch or lantern. Members of the Cambridge Traditional Music Collective will lead our songs and musical journey to celebrate each tree in the orchard More details here.
20:00-22:00, The Stable Rooms, St Andrew's Church, Histon
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues. We welcome you to come and watch with us and then join in a discussion afterwards (with tea and cakes). Free Admission, donations welcomed. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Hills Rd
Take a tour of a large old Victorian house in Hills Rd with Anne Cooper (of award-winning AC Architects) and Martin Roach (DIY expert)and hear their ideas for making it more energy-efficient. Booking essential: visit the Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for full information More details here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
Pilgrim Beart is the founder of AlertMe, a smart platform for home energy monitoring and he will share with us the story behind this company, the challenges they’ve faced and his vision for the future. The sector will be of increasing importance as the need to monitor and control our energy becomes more urgent. Entrance is £5. More details here.
17:30-18:30, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue
Robert Macfarlane is a local author on nature, as well as being an academic. He is the author of 'The Wild Places' (Granta: 2007) which starts in the beech wood near Fulbourn. This lecture is part of the Darwin College Lecture series. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Cambridge Cookery School at Unit 9D, The Imre Building, The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road
Tine Roche, founder of the Cambridge Cookery School, will give a demonstration of how to cook gourmet food with local, seasonal ingredients in the middle of winter. Don't eat too much beforehand so that you have room to sample the results. The recipes will be mostly vegetarian. There are only 30 places so booking is essential. Entrance is free but donations towards costs (about £5/head) would be gratefully received. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. More details here.
This practical course is for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. It encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us. Hannah Thoroughgood will be teaching this Permaculture Design Course in West Norfolk - full details here. The cost will be £60 for the introductory weekend (two possible dates) and £250 for the following 5 weekends (non-residential, pleas ask if you need accommodation). For booking information, contact Rachel Bodle or phone 01366 381507. Organised by Downham & Villages in Transition.
Here is an excellent blog entry discussing the issues behind peak oil. As well as the familiar Hubbert peak diagram and discovery rates versus production rates there is an extremely convincing graph showing that oil production rates are now pretty well static despite increasing prices, even when unconventional sources are taken into account. Hence whether or not we have peaked it is clear that production is not able to keep up with rising demand. I have huge respect for this blog ("Do the Math" by Tom Murphy) and though the writer does not have a transition perspective his arguments are highly relevant. Read the post here.
So we hope to see you at some of these events, and do let us know your ideas for future Transition projects, events or anything else which you think will help Cambridge make the transition to lower-energy more sustainable ways of being. Thank you!